2019 Fall Calendar – Programme des rencontres 2019

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

I am pleased to share with you the details of the Fall Term program for the Nouveaux Modernes Seminar. This term, the seminar will take place at Concordia University, in the Art History Department. We will meet in the Gail and Stephen A. Jarislowsky Institute for Studies in Canadian Art, on the 3rd floor of the EV Building (right next to the Art History Department). All are welcome!
Best wishes,
Dr. Steven Stowell

Friday, 20 September 2019, 2-4 PM, “The Edification of the Soul. Art and Ethos in the Early Modern Period”, Dr Hana Gründler, Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz / Max-Planck Institut.

Friday, 4 October 2019, 4-6 PM, “Saint-Martin-de-Besse’s Chiastic Narrative: West Portal, Eve, and the Fall of Humankind”, Dr Anna-Maria Moubayed, Concordia University.

Friday, 15 November 2019, 4-6 PM, Title: TBA, Dr. Jeanette Kohl, University of California, Riverside.

2018 Fall Calendar – Programme des rencontres Automne 201

This year Les nouveaux modernes will meet at McGill University in the Arts building, hosted by Chriscinda Henry: chriscinda.henry@mcgill.ca
We normally meet on Fridays in the art history seminar room, Arts building W-220,
4-6pm. Nota bene: the location in Arts for individual meetings will vary (please consult individual announcements).
We are happy to announce a robust fall line-up. All faculty and graduate students are welcome.

September 21:  Chris Heuer (University of Rochester): “Arctic Ink”, 
McGill, Arts building, W-20, 4-6pm
*This talk is held in conjunction with the AHCS Department Speaker Series

Abstract: When a mysterious cache of sixteenth-century Netherlandish engravings was found in the Arctic circle in 1870, many questions arose. What do such objects, for example, tell us about narratives of Renaissance globalization? About “cultural exchange” conceptualized not in terms of movement and difference, but of stasis, mundanity, and sameness?

Bio: Christopher Heuer holds a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley in the history of art and architecture (2003) and completed a predoctoral fellowship at the Kunsthistorisch Instituut of the Rijksuniversiteit Leiden (2000–2002). He earned his MA from the University of Southern California in the history of art and architecture (1997) and graduated from Bowdoin College in 1994 with a bachelor’s degree cum laude, double majoring in art history and philosophy. He was an assistant professor in the Department of Art and Archaeology at Princeton University from 2007–2014 and was recently the Samuel H. Kress Senior Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. He is a widely recognized specialist in early modern European art and architecture, with an emphasis on painting, architecture, and print culture in northern Europe. He is the author of The City Rehearsed: Object, Architecture, and Print in the Worlds of Hans Vredeman de Vries. Currently, Heuer is working on books examining Albrecht Dürer and kinesis, and Renaissance encounters with the Arctic.

October 19: Sven Dupré (University of Amsterdam): “Fragile Colors: The Art of Glassmaking and the Imitation of Nature
McGill, Arts building, W-220, 4-6pm
*in co-sponsorship with the AHCS Department Research Forum

Bio: Sven Dupré is Professor of History of Art, Science and Technology at the University of Amsterdam (Conservation & Restoration)andChair of History of Art, Science and Technology at Utrecht University (History & Art History). Dupré’s research sits at the crossroads of technical art history and the history of science and technology. He is theDirector of the project ‘Technique in the Arts: Concepts, Practices, Expertise, 1500-1950’ (ARTECHNE), supported by a European Research Council (ERC) Consolidator Grant, in cooperationwith conservatorsat the Atelier Buildingin Amsterdam, where the Rijksmuseum, the Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands and the University of Amsterdam combine their knowledge in the field of restoration of art objects.Since 2018 he also heads the NWO Smart Culture digital art history project on the history of glass focusing on the archives of the artist Sybren Valkema (1916-1996), in collaboration with the FoundationVrij Glas, the RKD Netherlands Institute for Art History, the Corning Museum of Glass and the Glasmuseum Hentrich, Dusseldorf.He is a member of the editorial boards of the journals Nuncius, Science in Contextand Studium, an associate editor of History of Humanities, a former member of the advisory board of Isis, co-editor of theNuncius book series on material and visual history of science (Brill Publishers), and an advisory board member of the book series Studies in Art & Materiality (Brill Publishers).

November 16: Kérim Berclaz (Université de Lausanne): “Espaces de circulation, liturgie et cultes dans la cathédrale de Lausanne (XIIIe-XVIe s.)
McGill, Arts building, W-220, 4-6pm

December 7: Alessandro Giardino (University of Saint Lawrence): *Title TBA*
McGill, Arts building, W-220, 4-6pm

Carla Benzan (post-doc, McGill) : “Flights of Fantasy: Dionisio Minaggio’s Feather Book (c.1618)”, January 26th, 4:30 PM, Rare Books Library, McGill University

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Bonne année à tous les nouveaux modernes et à toutes les nouvelles modernes !

Notre première séance de la session d’hiver aura lieu, exceptionnellement, à la Rare Books Library de McGill: nous allons y découvrir un objet magnifique (l’original sera présent dans la salle !)

Carla Benzan (Post-doc, McGill) will present “Flights of Fantasy: Dionisio Minaggio’s Feather Book (c.1618)”.

Please note that we will start slightly later than usual, at 4.30 PM (we will leave the library at 6 though). The address is: McGill Rare Books and Special Collections- 4th floor, McLennan Library Building, 3459 McTavish Street.

You will need to leave your coats and bags in lockers outside the room, and can only bring pencils into the room. 

Venez nombreux!

Jean-Michel Roessli,”La magie thérapeutique du chant poétique d’Orphée chez Ficin et quelques auteurs de la Renaissance”, article en ligne.

Chers amis, veuillez trouver ci-joint l’article de Jean-Michel Roessli “La magie thérapeutique du chant poétique d’Orphée chez Ficin et quelques auteurs de la Renaissance” en complément de la conférence du 9 décembre 2016 intitulée “Le mythe d’Orphée dans l’art et la philosophie de la Renaissance”.

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“Orphée, comme tant d’autres figures de la mythologie gréco-romaine – et peut-être même plus que toute autre –, cristallise en lui tant de valeurs auxquelles les femmes et les hommes de tous les temps peuvent s’identifier qu’il n’est pas surprenant que les poètes, philosophes et artistes de la Renaissance aient pu y trouver des échos à leurs propres préoccupations. Le théologien et le philosophe, le chanteur et le joueur de lyre, le poète et le prophète, l’enchanteur et le civilisateur, de même que l’amant fidèle et inconsolable au destin tour à tour heureux et tragique, sont autant de facettes de la personnalité d’Orphée sur lesquelles ils ont pu projeter leurs aspirations et leurs angoisses, leurs idéaux et leurs croyances.”

Dr Jean-Michel Roessli is an associate professor of historical theology in the Department of Theological Studies at Concordia University, Montreal. His interests lie in the Jewish and Christian appropriation of the pagan culture (Orpheus, the Sibyls), Christian apocryphal literature – particularly the Sibylline Oracles and their reception throughout the centuries –, as well as the history of Christian thought and doctrine.

Concordia University




-CLAIRE FARAGO (University of Colorado Boulder) will be giving a lecture at the MBAM, auditorium Maxwell-Cummings,  Wednesday March 8, 6 pm : “Defining an Historical Approach to Leonardo’s Treatise on Painting”



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Abstract : The text that established Leonardo da Vinci’s authority for hundreds of years functioned as one of the chief conduits by which modern notions of artistic genius were etched in the European imaginary. This magnificent but also troubling legacy challenges us today to find new ways to write the history of art. With this ethical imperative in mind, my talk concerns the crucial final decade in the long genesis of Leonardo’s Trattato della Pittura published in Paris in 1651, at the inception of the French art academy’s instructional program. This first printed edition of Leonardo’s writings is the basis of other editions and translations for the next 250 years, and is also the exclusive form in which his ideas were known until the late nineteenth century. That the publication happened at all in 1651 is a testament to the dedication of editors and the resiliency of the text, which emerged battle-scarred but recognizable as the product of a multigenerational effort to complete Leonardo’s thoughts. My own efforts to recover the unwritten history of the text takes place at the intersection of European heads of state including a pope who saw the Ottoman Empire as an opportunity for financial gain and for the unification of the Greek and Latin church. This is a history about the use of art to convey dogma: the fabrication of a visual rhetoric designed to proclaim peace in a troubled world. The question is – peace on whose terms?

Professor Claire Farago is Editor of the forthcoming scholarly edition of Leonardo da Vinci’s Trattato della Pittura, 1651. Her lecture is based on a decade of archival research and textual analysis of the pre-publication manuscripts.

The lecture will be in English

Entrée libre / free admission

Cette conférence a été organisée dans le cadre des activités du programme interuniversitaire de doctorat en histoire de l’art avec le soutien du Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montréal. / This conference was organized as part of the activities of the interuniversity PhD programme in art history with the support of the Montreal Fine Arts Museum (http://www.docinterhar.org)

Contact : denis.ribouillault@umontreal.ca

[Erratum] Steven Stowell, the seminar on Friday, January 27th will start at 17.30 instead of 16.00.

Dear friends, exceptionnally the seminar on Friday, January 27th will start at 17:30 instead of 16:00. The room is still the same : C-2117, Université de Montréal, Pavillon Lionel-Groulx.

Steven Stowell (Concordia) will give a paper entitled : “Inseminating the Mind/Purging the Eye : Miraculous Agency in Italian Renaissance Art”.

Chers amis, exceptionnellement le séminaire du Vendredi 27 janvier débutera à 17h30 au lieu de 16h. La salle reste inchangée : C-2117, Université de Montréal, Pavillon Lionel-Groulx.

Steven Stowell (Concordia) présentera la conférence : “Inseminating the Mind/Purging the Eye : Miraculous Agency in Italian Renaissance Art”.

En espérant vous voir nombreux pour cette nouvelle session de séminaires !


– Séminaire des Nouveaux Modernes: Programme pour l’Hiver 2017 / 2017 Winter calendar

27 janvier : STEVEN STOWELL (Concordia University) : Inseminating the Mind/Purging the Eye: Miraculous Agency in Italian Renaissance Art

 10 février : SYLVAIN CARON (Université de Montréal – Faculté de Musique) : La Pellegrina, au mariage de Ferdinand 1er et de Christine de Lorraine (1589)

17 février : STEPHEN PERKINSON (Bowdoin College) : The Ivory Mirror: Luxury and the Macabre in Europe, c. 1500

10 mars : CARLA BENZAN (McGill University) : Stop Motion: Animation, Illusion and the Fall of Simon Magus (1571)

17 mars :  FORUM pour les étudiants à la maîtrise / MA FORUM

Le séminaire est accueilli par le Département d’histoire de l’art et d’études cinématographiques à l’Université de Montréal, Pavillon Lionel-Groulx – 3150 rue Jean Brillant, Salle C-2117. Les séminaires se tiennent le vendredi et commencent à 16.00.

The seminar is hosted in the Department of Art History and Cinema Studies at Université de Montréal, Lionel-Groulx Building – 3150, rue Jean Brillant, 2nd floor, Room C-2117.

Seminars are held on Friday and start at 16.00. All interested faculty and graduate students are welcome.


– Poste de professeure ou de professeur d’histoire de l’art avec une spécialisation dans « Le long XVIIIe siècle (1700-1830) » / Tenure-track position as Professor in Art History with a specialization in “The Long Eighteenth Century (1700-1830)” (Université de Montréal)

Le Département d’histoire de l’art et d’études cinématographiques sollicite des candidatures pour un poste de professeure ou de professeur à temps plein au rang d’adjoint en histoire de l’art, avec une spécialisation dans le « Le long XVIIIe siècle (1700-1830) ».

Entrée en fonction

Le ou après le 1er juin 2017.

Les personnes intéressées sont priées de consulter la description détaillée du poste, les modalités de présentation de candidature ainsi que la date de clôture du concours sur la page Web du Département d’histoire de l’art et d’études cinématographiques à l’adresse http://www.histart.umontreal.ca.

L’Université de Montréal prône la diversité de son personnel et encourage les membres des minorités visibles et ethniques ainsi que les femmes, les autochtones, les personnes handicapées et les personnes de toutes orientations et identités sexuelles à poser leur candidature.

Nous invitons tous les candidats qualifiés à postuler à l’UdeM. Conformément aux exigences de l’immigration au Canada, veuillez noter que la priorité sera toutefois accordée aux citoyens canadiens et aux résidents permanents.

The Département d’histoire de l’art et d’études cinématographiques is seeking applications for a full-time tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in Art History, with a specialization in “The Long Eighteenth Century (1700-1830)”.

Starting Date

On or after June 1st, 2017.

Interested parties should consult the detailed description of this position, information about the competition and deadlines on the Département d’histoire de l’art et d’études cinématographiques Web site at: http://www.histart@umontreal.ca.

Université de Montréal promotes diversity in its workforce and encourages members of visible and ethnic minorities as well as women, Aboriginal people, persons with disabilities and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities to apply.

We invite all qualified candidates to apply at Université de Montréal. However, in accordance with immigration requirements in Canada, please note that priority will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents.

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